Pentagon Papers 2.0

Welcome to the fifty-ninth episode of the Lessons from the Cockpit podcast! I’m your host Mark Hasara, retired Air Force KC-135 pilot and airplane nerd!

I’ve been asked numerous times what my thoughts are on the leaked classified documents from the Department of Defense and Pentagon. I’m still scratching my head about how a 21-year-old Airman had access to these documents, particularly CIA Ops Center Reports. The documents were very recent looking at the dates and shed some very interesting light on a number of events happening around the world, particularly the Chinese spy balloon and a scary incident between Russian SU-27 Flankers and a Royal Air Force (RAF) RC-135 Rivet Joint electronic intelligence plane over the Black Sea.

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Thanks for downloading and listening to this episode on the classified documents leak. Just my opinion here mind you. This and previous episodes of the Lessons from the Cockpit podcast are available to download and listen to from my website at 

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Mark Hasara

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P.S. — If you’re reading my book Tanker Pilot: Lessons from the Cockpit, I’d really love to hear your thoughts in a review on Amazon here, I read them all.

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